Abrini Paris, Brussels terrorism suspect to be tried in France

A pre-trial court agreed last week to hand over Hamza A, Mohammed A and Ali O to the French authorities, while the decisions on Abrini and Bakkali were put on hold.

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Suspect in Paris attacks extradited to France from Belgium

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Mohamed Abrini, one of the suspects in November terrorist attacks in Paris and suicide bombings in Brussels this year, will be transferred to French custody, Belgian authorities said on Thursday.

The state prosecution said in a statement, without giving further details, that the court has decided to transfer both men to France.

Abrini, long sought in connection with the November 2015 attacks in Paris which killed 130, was arrested in Belgium on April 8.

He later confessed to being the surviving bomber who fled Brussels airport on March 22, when more than 30 were killed in coordinated attacks at the airport and an underground station in the Belgian capital.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued at France's request last week for Abrini, as well as suspects identified as Hamza A, Mohammed A, Ali O and Mohamed Bakkali.

A pre-trial court agreed last week to hand over Hamza A, Mohammed A and Ali O to the French authorities, while the decisions on Abrini and Bakkali were put on hold.

Abrini's exact role in the Paris killings is not known.

He was spotted with key suspect Salah Abdeslam in the preceding days, and his fingerprints and DNA were found in a car used in the attacks, as well as at terrorist hideouts in Brussels.

Abdeslam was also arrested in Brussels, days before the attacks in the Belgian capital, and is now in French custody. 

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